For Brownwood residents, this a weekend that canít be topped.

The city is poised to host it ninth annual Brownwood Reunion Celebration today through Sunday, and this one promises to be bigger than ever.

The third weekend in September has been special in Brown County for three decades. It began with the Pecan Valley Arts Festival, with vendors from throughout the state arriving at Festival Park to offer their original materials for sale. But as the old century was fading into history, something new was envisioned. Events were moved downtown for a few years, and they were even skipped one time while plans were retooled. Almost a decade later, itís safe to say that the Reunion concept, originally developed to celebrate the debut of the communityís promotional Web site, www.Brownwood, is the most successful annual event this community has ever witnessed.

Itís a monumental undertaking, with scores of booths, dozens of attractions and top-name entertainment. Itís a project that has been embraced by thousands of people of all ages who attend, as well as the hundreds of volunteers required to make it happen.

That point cannot be overstated. The Brownwood Reunion Celebration is a yearlong labor or love for those associated with its planning, as performers must be booked and other commitments secured months before the barricades go up across downtown streets. A mountain of logistics must be worked out, and then ó when the actual week arrives ó the hard work begins. Before the sun started to set on Thursday, teams of workers started to transform much of the downtown area from a business district into festival grounds. Then, on Sunday evening, it will all be returned to normal in time for stores and offices to open Monday morning.

The excitement is building, and the big weekend has arrived. People of all ages have made plans to be in downtown Brownwood this weekend. Itís Reunion time again.

Brownwood Bulletin